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10:40 AM ET, June 19, 2021

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MSNBC:
FBI asks Jan. 6 suspect about ties to Congress, extremists groups  —  NBC News reports the FBI have been questioning at least one of the people charged in the Capitol riot about his possible connections to members of Congress.
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Simple Remedy for Jan. 6 Trutherism  —  Just because Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar voted against establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol doesn't mean he's not ready to use the power of his office to stage an inquiry into the topic by other means.
Discussion: Just Security, HotAir and Mediaite
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow-building conservative effort to turn Ashli Babbitt into a martyr
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections  —  In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards.  In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities.  And they are expanding their election power in many other states.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden, deeply Catholic president, finds himself at odds with many U.S. bishops  —  There was a time when President Biden could have been Father Joe.  —  For long stretches of his childhood, as he was educated by nuns in Catholic schools, Biden considered entering the priesthood, eventually convinced by his mother to try college first.
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Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Targeting Biden, Catholic Bishops Advance Controversial Communion Plan
Sarah McCammon / NPR:
After Debate On Biden's Abortion Views, Bishops Vote to Rethink Communion Rules
Francis X. Rocca / Wall Street Journal:
Bishops Vote to Prepare Document on Communion for Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion Rights
Discussion: Breitbart and Human Events
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
Don't Ban CRT.  Expose It.  —  There's a liberal way to fight illiberalism.  And it's beginning to work.  —  17 hr ago  —  The stories in the mainstream media this past week about the broadening campaign to ban critical race theory in public schools have been fascinating — and particularly in how they describe what CRT is.
Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Critical race theory becomes a top issue in Virginia governor's race  —  The power of critical race theory as a political issue will be put to the test in the Virginia governor's race this year, as Republican Glenn Youngkin promises to eradicate the racially based education curriculum …
Discussion: Poynter
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Peter Aldhous / BuzzFeed News:
The Delta Variant Could Create “Two Americas” Of COVID, Experts Warn  —  If you are fully vaccinated, you are most likely to be safe.  But in parts of the US where few people have gotten COVID vaccine shots, the Delta variant could trigger renewed deadly surges.  —  Copy
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results  —  In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court's expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.  —  WASHINGTON — The arrival of Justice Amy Coney Barrett …
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment  —  The United States will ship 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, a senior administration official told Reuters, more than tripling Washington's previous allocation of shots for the island …
Franz Lidz / New York Times:
She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away  —  At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon.  Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.  —  On the morning after Juliane Diller fell to earth …
Macy Gray / MarketWatch:
For Juneteenth, America needs a new flag that all of us can honor  —  Singer Macy Gray says the flag should be redesigned to represent all Americans  —  The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired.  We don't see it much anymore.
New York Times:
Yang and Garcia Announce Plans to Campaign Together  —  Their plan to appear together over the last weekend before the primary, appears aimed at creating a bloc against the presumed front-runner, Eric Adams.  —  Andrew Yang had been hinting for days that he might form an alliance …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and New York Magazine
Mark Sundstrom / PIX11:
Video: Children narrowly missed in Bronx sidewalk shooting  —  MOUNT EDEN, the Bronx — Shocking video released by the NYPD Friday shows the moment two young children were nearly caught in the crossfire on a Bronx street when a gunman shot a man multiple times at close range.
Barton Swaim / Wall Street Journal:
Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite  —  Covid restrictions seem less onerous from the standpoint of ‘expressive individualism,’ which defines the self in terms of ‘its will and not its body.’  —  A marvelous review in these pages last November inspired me to read a new book by O. Carter Snead …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold  —  PLANO, Texas (AP) — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more.  Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Examiner:
A small win for the free exercise of religion  —  When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a lifelong Catholic, was questioned on how she could support compelling the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their consciences by forcing them to provide birth control coverage, she gave a revealing answer: “I do my religion on Sundays.”
The White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Ukraine Security Assistance  —  The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense.  Just last week—in the run-up to the U.S.-Russia Summit—we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance.
Gary Sheffield, Jr / OutKick:
Victoria's Secret Angel Megan Rapinoe Is Under Fire For Anti-Asian Tweet  —  Earlier this week, Victoria's Secret clipped its own wings by leaving attractive women in the dust for Megan Rapinoe, who looks like Tony Hawk's sister.  Now the new face of Victoria's Secret is in hot water for some iffy tweets back in 2011.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Western Journal
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?  —  At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground  —  On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump's “desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical” …
Anna P. Kambhampaty / New York Times:
Why Do People Want Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa?  —  An online petition that started as a joke has gone viral, becoming a kind of digital performance art piece all of its own.  —  In order to “imagine a new art, one must break the ancient art,” the French author Marcel Schwob wrote more than 100 years ago.
Discussion: Althouse and The Register
Shawn McCreesh / New York Times:
Washington Society Steps Back Out  —  Like a grizzly waking from hibernation, the ruling class is coming out of this thing with an appetite.  —  WASHINGTON — Something surreal was happening on the Potomac one recent night.  A big white tent erected outside the Kennedy Center seemed to be a portal back in time.
Discussion: Page Six
Emily DeCiccio / CNBC:
New Covid study hints at long-term loss of brain tissue, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns  — A new U.K. study examined brain imaging before and after a coronavirus infection and looked specifically at the potential effect on the nervous system.  — “In short, the study suggests …
Discussion: HotAir
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
A Homeless Amazon Warehouse Worker in New York City Tells Her Story  —  “Jeff Bezos has no idea that his workers are homeless, especially in New York, and I'm not the only one.”  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley  —  Natalie Monarrez's commute to work at Amazon's colossal warehouse in Staten Island …
 
 
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Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Voters Rate Biden's European Trip a Success
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Dow Falls More Than 500 Points
Discussion: WTOP
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Ronald J. Ostrow, tenacious Times reporter who led the paper's Watergate coverage, dies
Center for American Liberty:
STOP BIG TECH CENSORSHIP
Discussion: Page Array
Stephanie Ruhle / MSNBC:
'I'm a Republican. I'm not sure what that means anymore.'
Dom DiFurio / Dallas Morning News:
Texas loses to Oklahoma on electric vehicle company Canoo's ‘mega-factory.’ Power grid cited as one reason.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
WPLG-TV:
Man surrenders after video shows vandal in truck with Trump flag damaging Pride mural
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both ‘like him’
Discussion: IJR
Bloomberg:
Top Trump Lawyers Find Washington's Revolving Door Turns Slowly
Discussion: Raw Story
Giovanni Gravano / The James G. Martin Center …:
When Universities Don't Step Up, Good Professors Are Forced to Step Down
Discussion: National Review
Jack Crowe / National Review:
A Grad Student Tried to Correct a Misleading COVID Narrative. Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin His Career for It
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy